Living the Country Life

Lawn-care Content

When it comes to off-season machinery maintenance, sharpening blades is a mower must. Get a better cut and save money by properly honing your own blades at home.
Take steps to keep fertilizers and lawn products from entering the water
Fertilizers and lawn products are beneficial to grass but they can wreak havoc in your pond. If your pond has algae problems, your pristine yard may be the cause.   Some people have ponds...
For the tidiest garden on the block, you’ll need to regularly prune, sweep, and clean up. The right tools make those tasks simple and help to better manage your time. Here are options that will more...
Edgers create a defined trench by cutting weed and grass roots for sharp borders on lawns. Find them both in gas, electric, and cordless (lithium-ion battery-powered) models...
These holes in the yard are beneficial
Another summer has gone by and my yard looks tired from the wear and tear of the season. It’s brown in some places and is hard as concrete. In my area, heavy clay soils, compaction, and thatch...
As summer fades into fall it is time to help lawns recover from summer stress and prepare for the winter ahead.
Continue to mow your lawn as long as it continues to grow. Grow cool season grasses like bluegrass, fescue and ryegrass 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 inches tall.  Warm season grasses like bermudagrass,...
With these tips you don't need to plant an entirely new lawn.
There are some spots in my yard that have become so rough, my teeth rattle while I'm mowing.    Lawns can become rough and uneven over time, because the turfgrass compacts and thins...
Too much shade and moisture can produce a bumper crop of moss
If the green in your lawn is moss and not grass, there's a problem. David Robson is a horticulture specialist at the University of Illinois. He says there are two conditions that make moss pop...
It's not ideal, but sometimes you have to
This is the rainy season in my neck of the woods. Getting out to mow before my lawn grows into a tall prairie sometimes requires cutting the grass when it’s wet, even though I know I shouldn...
Mow and water sensibly, and prevent excess traffic to help the grass through summer heat
I know when the dog days of summer have hit just by looking at my lawn. It goes from a beautiful carpet of green to a brown crunchy mat, thanks to the heat and a lack of rainfall. Warm season grasses...
Dark green circles seem to mysteriously appear in the lawn
If we have a wet spring, I’ll sometimes see a circle of grass in my yard that’s darker than the rest. It’s called a “fairy ring”. No, I haven’t been imagining any...